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We are pleased to announce that the Athens Community Council on Aging’s Retired & Senior Volunteer Program in partnership with ACC Leisure Services’ Lyndon House Arts Center is hosting the 37th Annual Harvest Festival. For the past three decades, the Harvest Festival has provided demonstrations of domestic skills and crafts of the 19th century as an intergenerational sharing of knowledge. School age children have enjoyed educational demonstrations weaving, broom-making, butter churning, knitting, crocheting, felt-making, quilting, storytelling, wood carving, and the making corn husk dolls, soap and pottery. There will be interactive arts and crafts, and students can observe farm animals and learn about their use and care. Tours of the historic Ware-Lyndon House (c. 1850) will also be available. Don’t miss this opportunity to enrich your students’ knowledge of history right in your own backyard!

There is no fee for the festival and all exhibits are free. Classes are encouraged to bring a lunch and have a picnic on the lawn under one of the many shade trees. If children wish to bring spending money, there will be light concessions as well as small souvenirs of the festival available for sale. We continue to provide this festival free of charge because we believe it is important for the youth of today to have a hands-on opportunity to learn about how things were done “way back when.”

The Harvest Festival will be held on Thursday, October 13, 2011 from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at both of our locations on Hoyt Street. We hope to see you there!

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Well, we continue to run 100 mph and have no plans to slow down.  So here’s just a quick update on what is going on in the Senior Center.  Tomorrow we are sending two vans of participants to the State Capitol for a rally to advocate to our elected officials to refrain from cutting funding to Home and Community Based Services.  We’ll be taking our new Flip video camera to capture some of the action.  We’ll have video available from our trip soon.

Social Networking computer classes have started and are being taught by our own Claire Boozer.  Photography classes to begin soon and are being taught by our own Wayne Bellamy.  Next week we begin arts programming funded by the Grassroots Arts Program and Georgia Council for the Arts.  The multi-session program is entitled “Beyond the Figleaf:  Clothing as Wearable Art”.  The next afternoon tea is coming up on 2/13/10 for “Daddy’s and Daughters”.  We are excited to begin a new exercise program for persons with Parkinson’s disease next month.  The class will be taught by Katie Porter who is the NEGA AAA Wellness Coordinator.

New Power Yoga classes have been added to Mondays and Wednesdays at 4:30 pm.  Our own Dee Dee Gaines is instructing.  Everyone is welcome.  AARP will be here to conduct Defensive Driving courses in February and March.  AARP will also be providing tax filing assistance each Thursday beginning 2/11/10 from 9am – 1pm.  Several trips are around the corner for the spring.  Register now as they are filling up.

Health Fair w/ARMC coming 4/14/10.  The Mobile Mammography van will be on-site along with various other screenings and health related information.  We are currently in discussions with several other organizations in an effort to establish new partnerships, programming, and volunteer experiences.  Stay tuned…

Chris Hill, ACC Senior Center Director

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Several of us from the agency participated in a video shoot for the United Way annual meeting at Sanford Stadium on Wednesday, January 13th.  The premise of the video was that we were UGA football fans (which we are) cheering at a game in the 80’s when Kevin Butler was UGA’s placekicker.  Kevin was the Honorary Chair of the United Way Campaign in 2009.  It was a fun experience and really great to be in the stadium when it was empty.  Thanks to the United Way of Northeast Georgia for inviting us to participate.  It was a lot of fun.

Check some pictures and video on our website.  www.accaging.org

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Thanks so much to all those that assisted with the Salvation Army Christmas Boxes.  All the help is greatly appreciated.  It went faster this year than ever before.  Thanks to the ACC Solid Waste crew that came to help!

Everything went smoothly and quickly.  Everyone was great.  Thanks again.

Chris Hill, Director Athens-Clarke County Senior Center

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Hi everyone,

Today was a great day at the Senior Center.

Julie Buffalo, R.N. from Athens Regional taught a “Heart Healthy” class today, in which the Seniors loved!! They listened and made great comments during the session. Afterwards, Julie checked blood pressures while I went over one of her handouts that she brought on exercise entitled “Nine Reasons to Exercise.” We had a great discussion about the info on the handout, and I really believe the seniors were motivated to get moving again.

I think I was proved right because later on, once all of the clients had gone home, one called me back and told me how much she loved the info they received today from “Healthy Heart Class,” in fact she had already done her exercise for the afternoon having felt motivation from class earlier that day!

Yes, it’s truly never too late to learn or  to be motivated!

Sincerely,

June, Athens-Clarke County Senior Center Activities Director

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